|Birth Day:||December 17, 1939|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
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Nelson was born on December 17, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, to James and Evelyn (formerly Hines) Nelson. Her father was a pastor and a taxi driver. Her mother was an executive assistant at magazine publisher Women's Wear Daily.
Starting in 1961, Nelson had a decades-long stage career, performing, directing and producing, primarily in New York. She was a featured performer on Broadway in 1970 in the musical Purlie. In 1975, Nelson directed the play La Femme Noire at The Public Theater. Her film career began at age 39 with a small part in 1977's An Unmarried Woman, and continued for the next several decades with roles in movies and television.
She may be best known for her role as Mrs. Tate in the 2002 movie Antwone Fisher.
Nelson died of cancer on September 1, 2017, aged 77, in her native Brooklyn, New York.
Currently, Novella Nelson is 83 years, 3 months and 15 days old. Novella Nelson will celebrate 84th birthday on a Sunday 17th of December 2023.
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